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Challenge: The Work Place (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon Powershot G11
Location: Irving, Texas
Date: Feb 22, 2011
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1 second
Date Uploaded: Feb 22, 2011

I was going to take a break from competing on DPC for a couple of weeks, but then got inspired this afternoon. I knew we had a couple of gutted copiers that we'd been robbing parts from and I could likely get a shot looking through the body, suggesting I was troubleshooting a broken machine.

My original idea was to show my head and a flashlight looking into the machine, but there weren't any large gaps that seemed right for the purpose. I did find that removing the image units left four holes at the back of the machine that were just about eye size. The G11 was just small enough to allow me to wedge it inside the opening in the front. Initially I had tried illuminating my eye from the same side as the camera, but it just cast a sickly blue LED glow where I didn't want it to go. Then I tried putting the flashlight in the hole next to my eye, as if I were using it to peer inside the copier (which I have spent plenty of time doing for real when fixing these things!) A swap out for a smaller led flashlight, and a few more frames till I got all the positioning right.

I'm particularly pleased with how this turned out. Looks very cyborgy. I think this is pretty darn good, but since this is DPC, I figure a high 5 will be doing well. Hoping it doesn't get trashed in voting.

Anticipated comments & critiques:
-Bright areas on the right an left distracting.
-Don't like centered comp.
-Expecting at least one "Borg" comment.


[Feb. 25th, 2011 11:00:54 PM]

Too many people guessing that this entry is mine! Except for my wife. After she voted, I asked her if she identified mine and she named 5 other entries that weren't it. (I'll have fun picking on her about that for a while.)

Doing quite well. It's not my first challenge entry related to my job, but I seem to have finally nailed it good with this one.

21.gif gcoulson left an insightful comment regarding the borgish looking flashlight and my eye being what made the shot. I thought that it might be interesting to show a sequence of my outtakes, as I experimented to find an arrangement that worked with copier guts. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do, but it took a bit of playing around with it to figure out something that actually worked.
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Post challenge notes:
Certainly can't have any complaints about this, and I didn't get any 1's!

...and the #3 highest rated entry with the Powershot G11, how cool is that?

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 43
Avg (all users): 6.7488
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 6.1429
Avg (non-participants): 6.8144
Views since voting: 4572
Views during voting: 529
Votes: 215
Comments: 39
Favorites: 0


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06/28/2011 10:55:15 AM
Nice...
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03/07/2011 09:36:17 AM
Finally getting around to congrats. I knew this had to be front page!! Congrats on the red!
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03/04/2011 03:14:13 AM
Congrats, nice shot.
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03/03/2011 01:39:29 AM
Congratulations! Very well deserved !
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03/02/2011 10:47:22 PM
Congrats! And thanks for sharing your progression. We tend to forget that a lot of effort goes into what appears effortless.
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03/02/2011 07:11:45 PM
congrats, great idea and execution!
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03/02/2011 06:29:27 PM
HEY!!! Congrats Spiffy!
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03/02/2011 06:09:35 PM
Such a great idea! Congratulations!
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03/02/2011 05:36:20 PM
good grief....your wracking them up aren't you...congrats
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03/02/2011 02:00:26 PM
Hey, spiffmeister! Just noticed this! 'Grats on the bling!
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03/02/2011 12:34:35 PM
This is cool, congrats!!
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03/02/2011 11:55:48 AM
Awesome, spiff!! Congrats on the ribbon.
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03/02/2011 10:14:55 AM
Congrats, Spiffy! Cool shot!
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03/02/2011 07:53:37 AM
Congrats on the Ribbon, Steve!
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03/02/2011 06:05:20 AM
'Nother one that wasn't a 3! You're starting to pick me clean, man. I'm putty in your hands.
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03/02/2011 06:00:28 AM
Congratulations Steve! Brilliant shot!
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03/02/2011 05:38:13 AM
Congrats Steve! Great shot... and I agree about the Borg comments. :)
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03/02/2011 03:57:33 AM
Congrats on the red for this great shot! I would have never guessed this was a photocopier, looks like a nuclear reactor :).
Not enough Borg comments, I'd say.
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03/02/2011 03:56:25 AM
congrats Steve, very cool shot!
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03/02/2011 03:27:26 AM
Go Yo!
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03/02/2011 01:12:54 AM
Great job. Congratulations!
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03/02/2011 12:39:53 AM
Congrats on the red Steve! Very cool idea!
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03/02/2011 12:30:22 AM
Quite clever! Ribbon hog. :-)
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03/02/2011 12:15:15 AM
I thought that having you peek in really made the shot. Congrats on the red!
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03/02/2011 12:09:41 AM
Way to go on the red ribbon. I bet you are glad you didn't sit this one out. Love your explanation of how you did this shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2011 09:36:18 PM
Almost didn't see the eye at first. The blue lights really make this pop.
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02/28/2011 09:15:38 PM
This looks like a Spiffy entry? Think if it wasn't for the flashlight, the image would've fallen short, but the eye on one side and the blue "bionic" eye on the other adds the necessary interest.
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02/28/2011 09:04:37 PM
I think this is a spiffy photo! Nicely done!
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02/28/2011 07:57:47 PM
Wish I knew what that was. But well done on the photo..
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02/27/2011 08:01:38 PM
Intriguing. I like it!
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02/26/2011 09:30:14 PM
I think I would have preferred "F You A..." as a terminator reference for a title, but you were wise to avoid that one. But the simple truth is that this is not only a brilliantly exposed and detailed photo, but the composition is really otherworldly. Great stuff.

Back to say Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto. No? Fine. I'll move along.
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02/25/2011 09:55:52 PM
Is this a copy machine? And is that Grog?
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02/25/2011 12:56:02 PM
Hope to see this image near the yop.
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02/24/2011 10:31:59 PM
I like this, what is this complicated machine?
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02/24/2011 10:19:29 PM
VERY techie. Love the blue light.
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02/24/2011 11:06:16 AM
It might be that camera mucking up the whole works! Unique perspective, but busy with too many things to try to see, if that makes any sense. 6
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02/23/2011 08:57:45 AM
I have no idea what you do, but this is one of my favorite shots for this challenge.
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02/23/2011 08:46:31 AM
I know that eye. Grog look like cyborg with glowing eye.
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02/23/2011 03:59:54 AM
I feel like I am one of the little people on Land of the Giants.
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